Sunday, August 28, 2011

Stain Removal Tips

It seems I'm forever running to my computer to google how to remove stains from clothing so I've decided to create my own post which I will add to over time so I have one place to look-up how to remove (insert stain of choice). Many of these stains will be the kind that all good homesteaders run in to in daily life.

  • Acrylic Paint: Pour rubbing alcohol on the paint.  It will dissolve the acrylic. 

  • Berry Stains-for stains from berries of all kinds (I've tried on blackberry, strawberry and blueberry stins): Boil water and pour over stain -watch stain disappear before your eyes!
  • Blood -pour hydrogen peroxide on stain, rinse with cold water.
  • Iodine-Rubbing alcohol will remove it from your skin. For linens, rub the stained area with a slice of lemon. To remove iodine from cotton or linen, cover with a soft paste of mustard mixed with water and let stand for a few hours. (My sources don't say what kind of mustard to use-if you know please post a comment!)
  • Tomato Stains:
    1. Working from the back of the stain, flush with cold water.
    2. Pretreat with a liquid laundry detergent, tamp the stain, and let stand for several minutes.
    3. Rinse well.
    4. Sponge with white vinegar.
    5. Rinse well.
    6. Repeat Steps 2 to 5 until you have removed as much stain as possible.
    7. Pretreat with a prewash stain remover.
    8. Launder.
    9. If the stain remains, rub with a liquid laundry detergent, and then soak in warm water for up to 30 minutes.
    10. Launder with fabric-appropriate bleach, if necessary.

For all stains, once stain has been lifted, wash garment straight away as usual. Here's a link to a great site on stain removal: Stain Removal Guide

Homemade Upholstery Cleaner:

1 cup of warm water
1/4 cup of dish detergent
Whip it in your mixe

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